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“The View” Reacts To Mike Pence Walking Out Of NFL Game, Meghan McCain Defends Vice President

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On Monday’s “The View,” the co-hosts reacted to Mike Pence walking out of an NFL game over National Anthem protests. New co-host Meghan McCain defended him, disagreeing with the rest of the co-hosts on the issue. Check out the video below.

As Gossip Cop reported, when players kneeled during the National Anthem at Sunday’s Colts-49ers game, Pence and his wife walked out and left. While Donald Trump said he ordered his vice president to leave if protests took place, some have wondered if Pence only went to the game just to make a scene by leaving. “Was this a $250,000 publicity stunt?” Whoopi Goldberg asked on the ABC talk show. Responded Joy Behar, “Pence is kind of like a prop. Trump says do this, he does it.”

Sara Haines said, “I don’t know why you have to leave the game. Even if you are someone who stands, puts your hand on your heart, you can do that next to someone kneeling. I think this was a little bit of a pissing match.” Behar also pointed out that the kneeling started to protest racial injustice and accused Pence and Trump, “They’re making it about patriotism and the anthem.” McCain, however, asked, “Don’t you think this has become a distraction from the original purpose of Black Lives Matter?”

Goldberg disagreed, and Sunny Hostin said a veterans’ group found that taking a knee is “the most respectful way to protest.” She further said, “When you are a public servant, you are supposed to enforce the Constitution. And for the government, through Pence and the president, for you to tell people not to exercise your constitutional right, that’s very un-American.” But McCain deemed the controversy a “culture war,” and explained why the flag and the National Anthem “mean more to me than just symbolism.” She insisted, “I think we can have a conversation about both things while respecting what the American flag and the National Anthem mean to people like me.”

McCain stressed of the protestors, “I didn’t say they don’t have the right to. The constitutional right to protest is the very fabric of America.” But she finds the kneeling “disrespectful,” and declared, “If I was there with Vice President Pence, I would’ve walked, too.” Countered Hostin, “That’s the thing, it’s not disrespectful to the flag. It’s very patriotic.” Hostin went on to share that at her son’s football game this weekend, he took a knee, which she did not know he would be doing in advance. The movement prompted some hissing in the crowd and sparked concern for his safety. “I should never feel uncomfortable for my son because he’s exercising his constitutional rights,” she maintained.

The discussion briefly continued after a commercial break, with Haines asserting, “The walk-out part is insulting to me.” Watch the video below.

 


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